M60-2000 Main Battle Tank

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M60-2000
Type Main battle tank
Place of origin United States
Specifications
Weight 56.52 tonnes (62.30 short tons; 55.63 long tons)
Length 9.55 m (31 ft 4 in) (including gun)
Width 3.77 m (12 ft 5 in)
Height 2.89 m (9 ft 6 in)
Crew 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)

Armor Unknown
Main
armament
120 mm M256 Smoothbore Cannon
Secondary
armament
2 x 7.62 (0.30 in) MGs and 1 x 12.7 mm (0.50 in) MG
Engine GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) AVDS-1790-9A V12, air-cooled Twin-turbo diesel engine
895.5 kW (1200 hp)
Power/weight 22 hp/tonne
Suspension Torsion bar suspension
Operational
range
443 km (275 mi)
Speed 51.6 km/h (33 mph)

The M60-2000, or 120S, is a modernized M60 Patton main battle tank marketed for export by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS). The development of the M60-2000 was primarily due to thousands of M60 MBTs in service with many nations unable to afford a sufficient force of more modern main battle tanks. GDLS devised the M60-2000 upgrade, offering many features of the M1A1 Abrams to existing M60 users at a reduced cost.

The M60-2000 was a GDLS supplied conversion kit, including the gun turret and 120 mm (4.72 in) smoothbore gun of the M1A1/M1A2, to the M60. The upgrade was marketed at those M60 users with the industrial capability to convert the tanks themselves. Along with a new turret, a new diesel powerpack and the transmission system of the M1 were installed on the M60-2000, and has been tested in a standard M60 chassis.

Turkey considered upgrading their M60s to M60-2000 standard, but then decided to opt for the Israeli upgrade package Sabra (tank) instead. General Dynamics Land Systems has offered to build a prototype of its proposed M60-2000 upgrade of the M60A3 main battle tank to be evaluated by Egypt. The Egyptian Army was considering this offer until it was finally refused and replaced by a national upgrade.[citation needed]

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